Pennsylvania CDL License Requirements

To start a career in truck driving in Pennsylvania, you may first require a Pennsylvania commercial driver's license (CDL). Commercial vehicles requiring a CDL license to drive in Pennsylvania are categorized based on the following criteria:

  • Class A: Combination vehicles weighing 26,001 pounds or more, with a trailer exceeding 10,000 pounds
  • Class B: Single or combination vehicles exceeding 26,001 pounds, with a trailer less than 10,000 pounds
  • Class C: Vehicles under 26,001 pounds carrying 16 or more passengers or transporting hazardous materials

To qualify for a CDL in Pennsylvania, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Pennsylvania driver's license and obtain a medical certificate. Transportation of cargo across state lines is regulated by the federal government and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). USDOT requires all drivers who transport materials across state lines to be at least 21 years old. CDL applicants must then pass a written knowledge exam and a three part skills test, which includes a pre-trip vehicle inspection, a basic control skills test and an on-road driving exam. For the driving test, applicants must test in the class of vehicle for which they would like to obtain a CDL license. Ref: http://www.dmv-department-of-motor-vehicles.com/PA_Pennsylvania_dmv_department_of_motor_vehicles.htm

Additional endorsements are then needed to drive certain types of vehicles including trucks with air brakes, double/triple trailers, tanker trucks or school buses. Endorsements may be needed to transport passengers or to haul hazardous materials. A background check by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) may be required to transport hazardous materials (Hazmat endorsement). A truck driving school in Pennsylvania may provide you with the foundation to pass the CDL requirements and start your career in truck driving.

Resources for Pennsylvania CDL Requirements

Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Driver and Vehicle Services website for more information.

Directory of Pennsylvania Truck Driving Schools

Bessemer: Transport Tech
Address: 401 E Poland Ave Bessemer, Pennsylvania 16112
Phone: 724-667-0400

Bethlehem: Northampton Community College
Address: 511 E 3rd St Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015
Phone: 570-839-2778

Bloomsburg: Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Address: 700 W Main St Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania 17815
Phone: 570-389-5176

Brookville: Transport Tech
Address: 3661 Rte 28 N Brookville, Pennsylvania 15825
Phone: 800-786-7527

Butler: Keystone Diesel The Truck Driving School
Address: 647 Evans City Rd,Bldg 101 Butler, Pennsylvania 16001
Phone: 724-776-9243

Canonsburg: Western Area Career & Technology Center
Address: 688 Western Ave Canonsburg, Pennsylvania 15317
Phone: 724-746-2890 x138

Charleroi: Mon Valley Career & Technology Center
Address: 1 Guttman Blvd Charleroi, Pennsylvania 15022
Phone: 724-489-9581

Clearfield: Clearfield Votech Truck Driver Training
Address: 1620 River Rd Clearfield, Pennsylvania 16830
Phone: 814-765-3453

Erie: Tri-State Business Institute
Address: 5757 W Ridge Rd Erie, Pennsylvania 16506
Phone: 814-838-7673

Everett: Allegany College of Maryland
Address: 18 N River Ln Everett, Pennsylvania 15537
Phone: 814-623-2760 x4814

Ford City: Lenape Tech Adult and Continuing Education
Address: 2215 Chaplin Ave Ford City, Pennsylvania 16226
Phone: 724-763-7116 x316

Harrisburg: AAA School of Trucking
Address: 6003 Jonestown Rd Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17112
Phone: 717-652-2085

Harrisburg: Harrisburg Area Community College
Address: 1 HACC Dr Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110
Phone: 717-780-2414

Hazelton: SAGE
Address: 1451 W 23rd St Hazelton, Pennsylvania 18202
Phone: 570-501-2050

Irwin: Truck Driver Institute
Address: 7565 Rte 30 Irwin, Pennsylvania 15642
Phone: 888-292-7364

Jefferson Hills: Steel Center Area Vocational Technical School
Address: 565 N Lewis Run Rd Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania 15025
Phone: 724-603-3501

Jermyn: Trans American Technical Institute
Address: 109 Trans American Rd Jermyn, Pennsylvania 18433
Phone: 570-222-4884

Johnstown : Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center
Address: 445 Schoolhouse Rd Johnstown , Pennsylvania 15904
Phone: 814-266-6073 x133

Kittanning: Bud Driving School
Address: 123 Crytzer Rd Kittanning, Pennsylvania 16201
Phone: 724-543-2441

Lebanon: SAGE
Address: 18 E Weidman St Lebanon, Pennsylvania 17046
Phone: 800-694-8804

Leesport: SAGE
Address: 1057 County Rd Leesport, Pennsylvania 19533
Phone: 877-440-7544

Leetsdale: Truck Technology Training
Address: 17 Ferry St Leetsdale, Pennsylvania 15056
Phone: 724-266-4131

Meadville: Transport Tech
Address: 7799 Mchenry St Meadville, Pennsylvania 16335
Phone: 800-786-7527

Mill Creek: Huntingdon County Career & Technology Center
Address: PO Box E Mill Creek, Pennsylvania 17060
Phone: 814-643-0951 x220

Milton: Professional Drivers Academy
Address: 2300 Housels Run Rd Milton, Pennsylvania 17847
Phone: 570-523-3100

Moon Township: Pittsburgh Diesel Institute
Address: 925 Brodhead Rd Moon Township, Pennsylvania 15108
Phone: 800-833-3454

Mount Joy: Lancaster County Career and Tech Center
Address: 432 Old Market St Mount Joy, Pennsylvania 17552
Phone: 717-653-3002

Nanticoke: Luzerne County Community College
Address: 1333 S Prospect St Nanticoke, Pennsylvania 18634
Phone: 570-740-0431

New Wilmington: Moore CDL Driving Academy Inc
Address: 381 Wilson Mill Rd New Wilmington, Pennsylvania 16142
Phone: 724-946-2153

Phoenixville: SAGE
Address: 1580 Charlestown Rd Phoenixville, Pennsylvania 19460
Phone: 610-933-0423 

Pittsburgh: YWCA Career Development Institute
Address: 305 Wood St Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222
Phone: 412-921-2299 x3

Pleasant Gap: Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology
Address: 540 N Harrison Rd Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania 16823
Phone: 814-359-2713

Port Allegheny: Potter County Education Council
Address: 219 Edison Bates Dr Port Allegheny, Pennsylvania 16743
Phone: 814-545-1333

Pottsville: Schuylkill Technology Center
Address: 240 Airport Rd Pottsville, Pennsylvania 17901
Phone: 570-544-4904

Pulaski: New Castle School of Trades
Address: 4164 US 422 Pulaski, Pennsylvania 16143
Phone: 724-964-8811

Reading : AAA School of Trucking
Address: 135 Juniata St Reading , Pennsylvania 19611
Phone: 610-372-5051

Roaring Springs: Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center
Address: 331 E Colosson Rd Roaring Springs, Pennsylvania 16673
Phone: 814-946-8469

Schnecksville: Lehigh Carbon Community College
Address: 4525 Education Park Dr Schnecksville, Pennsylvania 18078
Phone: 610-799-1704

Schnecksville: SAGE
Address: 4500 Education Park Dr Schnecksville, Pennsylvania 18078
Phone: 877-440-7544

Somerset: Somerset County Votech Training School
Address: 281 Technology Dr Somerset, Pennsylvania 15501
Phone: 814-443-3651

Tannersville: Northampton Community College
Address: 3 Old Mill Road Tannersville, Pennsylvania 18372
Phone: 610-332-8662

Towanda: Lackawanna College
Address: 1 Progress Plz Ste 2 Towanda, Pennsylvania 18848
Phone: 570-265-3449

Waynesburg: SAGE
Address: 4 West High St Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 15370
Phone: 724-852-2900 x238

Wellsboro: Pennsylvania College of Technology
Address: 12880 Rte 6 Wellsboro, Pennsylvania 16901
Phone: 570-724-7703

West Chester: A Duie Pyle Truck Driving Academy
Address: 650 Westtown Rd West Chester, Pennsylvania 19831
Phone: 610-350-3069

West Mifflin: PIA - Pittsburg Institute of Aeronautics
Address: 5 Allegheny County Airport West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 15122
Phone: 412-346-2100

Williamsport: Pennsylvania College of Technology
Address: 1 College Ave Williamsport, Pennsylvania 17701
Phone: 570-327-4775

York: DCS School of Driving LLC
Address: 250 N Zarfoss Dr York, Pennsylvania 17404
Phone: 717-586-9648

York: York County School of Technology
Address: 400 Mulberry St York, Pennsylvania 17402
Phone: 717-846-0137

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